Several of our Adult Program participants have some new “best buds,” thanks to one determined and resourceful young woman.
Kate Christian is a sophomore at the Mount Vernon School. Inspired by her relationship with her brother with special needs, Kate decided she wanted to create the opportunity for more of her peers to have social relationships with people with disabilities. So she got together with fellow sophomore Meredith Boynton and teacher Deairra Hobson, and the Best Buds Club was formed.
Kate and Meredith’s research led them to the Frazer Center Adult Program. Assistant Director Marissa Klipp coordinated with the young women and Ms. Hobson to figure how to create an on-going program that would be enriching for all involved.
Each participant in the Frazer Adult Program already has a written profile to help the staff get to know them and their interests and goals. So it was decided that the Mount Vernon students would also create profiles, then Marissa and Kate could pair each student with a Frazer participant based on similar interests.
The Best Buds Club was a hit right off the bat with more than eighty students signing up to participate, but there was only room to accept seventeen. Ms. Hobson says it’s a unique opportunity for these students who would not otherwise have exposure to anyone with a disability.
The “best buds” met each other for the first time recently at Frazer Center. The students came bearing little Christmas stockings for their new buddies, and the pairs spent some time getting to know each other. The goal is for the club to come together once a month for socializing.
We’re looking forward to seeing how these best buddy relationships blossom as our inclusive community grows ever wider.